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Help: Shortcuts Corrupted in Windows 7 (Resolved now)


Hello, Wizard, while I am new to your message board, I have been busy in Runboard for some time. I have three boards for various gaming purposes, but which are currently rather inactive member-wise) and am fairly active in the Warhammer Quest board.

This seems an excellent place. You have a very cool board!

Anyway, to my issue at hand...

Corrupted Shortcuts in Windows 7

I am not sure why this happened, but most of my shortcuts, both in the Start Menu AND on Desktop appear as text file icons (seems like a file association issue BUT only for shortcuts!). I say 'most, because the following what-seem-to-be-shortcuts on the Start Menu DO work: Documents, Pictures, Music, Control Panel and etc...

Also, I tried creating new shortcuts, both on the Desktop and within directories and get the same type of corrupted results.

When I click on one of these 'shortcuts' I get - as you probably already can see in your imagination -- a nonsense text file, even for the shortcut which is supposed to open a new Notepad window/file!

What I was doing right before this corruption happened: downloading and installing Adobe Flash Player (I think it was an update). The bad part (I assume), which I think might have caused the trouble, was that I forced one or two programs to close during the restart of the system.

What I tried to repair this:
1. Scanned for viruses and maleware using fully-updated Kaspersky Internet Security. No problems detected!
2. I tried System Restore and it failed.
3. Uninstalled Adobe Flash Player, BUT, it might have been Adobe Reader 10.1.1 that I was installing -- not sure now.
4. I loaded the original Windows 7 OEM installation disk, but did not get any 'repair' option. It came with my dell machine and this was the first time I opened the disk's envelope.

The Adobe thing was one of those pop up window prompts as a result of the auto-search for updates...

Anyway, I CAN start my programs in most cases IF I right click on the 'shortcut' and then click open file location and left click on the actual exe file. This is of course awfully inconvenient.

I have Windows Home Premium with Service Pack 1.
I have an always on DSL Internet connection too.

Any assistance you can offer will be much appreciated.

OldWarrior, 8/10/11, 14:40


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Re: Help: Shortcuts Corrupted in Windows 7


Well, I am sure the Wizard would have had excellent advice for me...

BUT, I had forgotten to try System Mechanic. It corrected 130 or so Registry issues and now my shortcuts are working normally again. :)

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Re:


Was just about to say have you tried using a Registry Cleaner to solve this problem, seems you have beaten me to it....lol

Worth having a look at this link though which may help you choose an appropriate icon for your shortcut links if you haven't got any.

Link: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/13631/customize-your-icons-in-windows-7-and-vista/

Well done though, always available for advice no matter what the subject if you need some in the future. Thanks for dropping by. I visit most days to check up on the board for newly added questions. No-one is ignored.

Wiz

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Good advice! emoticon

That was a really scary one though! Thankfully, I don't often give up easily. emoticon

You have some really cool smilies here!

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forgot to add the link, edited the orginal now WITH the link
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Thanks for the link. I am often into tinkering with things on my computers, but sometimes it is nice to just do what needs to be done with no serious troubles, which my original problem was!

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If you tend to tweak here and there, best create a restore point before you install new programs just in case you get into trouble :)
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